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3 August 2017 
Issue No: 32 


Grenfell Fire 
Response News 


Notting Hill Carnival to hold 
one-minute silence 

On Monday 28 August at 3pm, the Notting Hill Carnival will host a minutes 
silence. Hundreds of thousands of spectators, performers and musicians 
will fall silent in order to commemorate and respect all the people who lost 
their lives and whose lives have been affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. 

Pepe Francis MBE, Chair of London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprises 
Trust, said “The Notting Hill Carnival is and always has been about 
togetherness and solidarity. It’s the heart and soul of our community, 
so it feels right that we continue celebrating the vibrant culture, diversity 
and unity we all need now more than ever, and that we all pause to think 
about what’s happened. That’s why we will halt the music at 3pm for 
a minute’s silent contemplation.” 


Extra police officers appointed to 
support community 

Six additional neighbourhood police officers will be permanently 
stationed in the Nottingdale Ward to provide extra help to the local 
community. The officers will continue to visit households in the local 
community, to provide support and assistance to those who still need 
help or are not aware of the services available to them. 


The officers’ contact details and their shifts will be posted in the near 
future online at www.met.police.uk 


IN THIS EDITION 


1 Notting Hill Carnival to 
hold one-minute silence 

1 Extra police officers to 
support community 

1 Changing delivery days 
of community newsletters 

2 Activities for young 
people this summer 

2 Public meeting taking 
place next week 

2 Opera raises £40,000 
for Grenfell residents 

3 Home Office scheme 
to support residents 

3 Public consultation 
closes on Friday 

3 Mental health support 

4 Housing update 

4 Transport support 
line from TfL 


Changing delivery days of community 
newsletters 

As of next week, the community newsletter will be delivered on 
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to the Grenfell Assistance Centre 
at The Curve. Printed copies of the newsletter will also continue to be 
delivered to hotels where residents are being temporarily housed on 
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The newsletters will continue to 
be produced so that residents and the local community are kept 
informed on service updates on a regular basis. 

Past editions of the newsletter can be found online at 

grenfellresponse.org.uk/newsletter-archive 


What is this newsletter for? 

This is the thirty-second edition 
of the Grenfell Fire Response 
Team newsletter. We want to 
keep you up to date with all 
the latest information and 
services available to help. 

The newsletter is also available 
in Arabic and Farsi languages. 
For regular updates please follow 
us on Twitter @grenfellsupport 

and on Facebook at facebook. 
com/grenfellsupport or visit 
www.grenfellresponse.org.uk 













Grenfell Fire Response News 


3 August 2017 


Activities for children and young 
people this summer 

There are a range of activities planned to support parents in the local 
community to entertain children and young people during the summer holidays. 


Summer in the City 

There are hundreds of events and 
activities taking place for children, 
young people and their families 
this summer across central 
London. Enjoy outdoor activities, 
bake-offs, free cycling tours, nature 
trails, cupcake making, graffiti art, 
photography and much more. 

You can pick up a copy at locations 
across the borough or visit www. 
mysummerinthecity.org.uk 

Summer camps 

The Good Grief Trust is holding 
creative workshops for young 
people and families on weekdays 
from 10am to 3pm, until Friday 11 
August at the Playground Theatre, 
Latimer Road, W10 6RQ. People 
can enjoy arts, crafts, t-shirt 
making and more, and lunch 
will be provided each day. 

The camps are held by The Good 
Grief Trust in collaboration with Jake 
Walker and The Playground Theatre. 


You can find out more by calling 
Liz Dempsey on 07713 148 021 
or online at www.facebook.com/ 
thegoodgrieftrust 

Community sports day 

An open day of activities and fun 
is being held on Saturday 5 
August, from 10am to 5pm 
at The Westway Sports Centre, 

1 Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP. 

A huge range of activities will be on 
offer for people including climbing, 
football, tennis, arts and crafts, 
indoor cycling and Zumba. There 
will also be a grand prize draw for 
an activity hamper worth £3,500. 

There is no need to book to attend 
the open day, just turn up and enjoy. 


Drop-in and play football 
programme 

QPR, Westway Sports Centre, 
and other local organisations are 
providing a free drop-in and play 
football programme for 4 to 18 year 
olds from the local community. 

Sessions are taking place Monday 
to Friday, 10am to 4pm at the 
Westway Sports Centre and the 
programme is being delivered by 
professional DBS qualified staff. 

Outdoor summer 
holiday activities 

The Ecology Centre in Holland 
Park, W8 6LU, is running outdoor 
summer holiday activities for 
young people aged 4 to 12 until 
1 September. The activities are 
taking place in the Centre’s Wildlife 
Area so that children can have 
fun and learn about animals and 
nature, and indoor craft sessions. 

The programme includes wildlife 
and forest-themed activities, craft 
sessions and family activity days. 
Please note that children under eight 
must be accompanied by an adult. 

A full programme of activities can 
be found on the ‘holiday activities’ 
section of the Ecology Centre website 

at www.rbkc.gov.uk/ecology 


To book or for further information 
please call the Ecology Centre 

on 020 7938 8186 or email 
ecology.centre@rbkc.gov.uk 


More information 
on events and activities 
throughout the summer 
can be found online at 
www.rbkc.gov.uk/fis 


Public meeting 
taking place 
next week 

The next community public 
meeting will take place next 
week on Wednesday 9 August. 
Full details on the venue and 
timings will be given in the 
near future. 

The session will aim to provide: 

• an update from Response 
Team representatives 

• a face-to-face question and 
answer session 

• guidance on information and 
support available. 

Meetings are open to the public, 
so please do come along or 
invite people from the Lancaster 
West estate who you think would 
like to attend. 

If you have suggestions of any 
issues you would like to see 
addressed at the meeting, please 
contact communityengagement 
@grenfellresponse.org 


Opera at 
Holland Park 
raises £40,000 for 
Grenfell residents 

On Tuesday evening, a special 
performance of Verdi’s Requiem 
was performed af Opera Holland 
Park, raising over £40,000 for 
residents of Grenfell Tower and 
their families. 

The money raised will go to 
the Rugby Portobello Trust, a 
community group in North 
Kensington, that will redistribute 
the money to the local community. 


More information and to donate 
visit www.rugbyportobello. 
org.uk 


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Home Office scheme to support 
Grenfell Tower residents 


The Home Office has launched 
a scheme to allow those who 
have lost their homes in the fire to 
stay in the UK for up to 12 months. 
We will make sure that they will be 
able to access the services they 
need, including accommodation 
and healthcare. 

If residents are here illegally, do 
not have an outstanding asylum 
claim or their stay in the UK is 
about to end, the scheme can 
help them. We will not use this 
tragedy as a reason to carry out 
immigration checks. 

To access the scheme, residents 
do not need to submit an application 
but they need to come and talk to 
us in person. They will need to bring 
any evidence they have to show 
that they lived at Grenfell Tower 


on the date of the fire or close to 
it. If they have lost their evidence 
in the fire, we can still help. 

Residents can speak face-to-face 
with the specialist Home Office 
team at the Grenfell Assistance 
Centre, The Curve, 10 Bard Road, 
W10 6TP from 10am to 8pm. 
They are welcome to bring 
someone with them to help and 
translators are available if needed. 


To learn more about the scheme, 
please call the helpline on 
0300 222 0000 to arrange for 
a call back by the specialist visa 
and passport teams. The line 
is open 24 hours a day. 


Public 

consultation 
closes on Friday 

The public consultation on the 
Terms of Reference for the 
Grenfell Tower Inquiry will close 
this week, on Friday 4 August. 

The consultation is an opportunity 
for people to let the Inquiry 
team know what they believe 
the Inquiry should cover. The 
consultation period was extended 
by three weeks to allow more 
time for people to respond and 
ensure the Inquiry’s work, which 
cannot begin without the terms 
of reference, can progress. 


You can find out more and 
submit a response online at 

www.grenfelltowerinquiry.org. 

uk/news/grenfell-tower- 

inquiry-seeks-views-work 


Mental health support 

There are lots of services available if you or an adult or young person you know is feeling traumatised 
by the Grenfell Tower fire. 


Support for adults and young 
people over the phone 

• If you require an urgent mental 
health response for yourself, 

or on behalf of a young person, 
you can call the NHS 24-hour 
support line on 0800 0234 650 
or email cnw-tr.spa@nhs.net. 
Please let the operator know 
you are calling as a result of 
the Grenfell Tower fire. 

• The British Red Cross helpline is 
also available to anyone affected 
by the Grenfell Tower fire. For 
practical or emotional support 
you can call 0800 458 9472. 

The line is open from 9am to 
5pm, Monday to Friday. 

• Adults and young people 

can also call the free Samaritans 
helpline on 116 123. The line 
is open 24 hours a day. 


• People under 25 can call Childline 
anytime on 0800 11 11 and 
have a one-to-one chat with a 
supportive, trained counsellor 
any time, day or night. 

• CALM offers support to men, 
who can call the confidential 
helpline on 0808 802 58 58 

or visit www.thecalmzone.net. 

The line is open every day from 
5pm to 12 midnight 

Read our leaflet on 
supporting children and 
young people 

If you have questions about 
how to support a child or young 
person affected by the Grenfell 
Tower fire, you can download 
a leaflet that includes: 

• Guidance on how a child might 
behave or react after a tragic event 


• Ideas for how to support them 

• Advice on explaining to a child 
what happened. 


You can download a copy of the 
leaflet at www.rbkc.gov.uk/kb5/ 
rbkc/fis/localoffer.page?local 
offerchannel=0 

Support for children with 
disabilities and learning 
difficulties 

• Full of Life Kensington and 
Chelsea is providing outreach 
counselling to parents of children 
with disabilities. A programme 
of short breaks is being put in 
place for the Summer. 


Visit www.fulloflifekc.com 

for more information. 


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What help is 
on offer? 

Anyone who would like to speak 
to the police in relation to the 
investigation into the fire are 
asked to contact the Met Police 

on 0800 032 4539. 

Other important contacts 

Bereavement support 

Call the Freephone helpline 

on 0808 808 1677 or email 
helpline@cruse.org.uk. The 

line is open 24 hours a day. 

Replacement UK passports, 
visas or immigration queries 

Call our advice line on 

0300 222 0000. The line 
is open 24 hours. 

Air quality and smoke exposure 

If you have concerns about 
any symptoms, please see 
your doctor or call NFIS 111. 

Housing support 

If you have any questions about 
housing or need to want to find 
out who your housing officer 
is please call 0800 137 111 
or 020 7361 3008. 

Victim support 

Call 0808 1689 111 for practical 
and emotional support, or visit 

victimsupport.org.uk. The line 
is open 24 hours a day. 

You can also get physical and 
mental support at the Grenfell 
Assistance Centre. Find out 
more by calling 07712 231 133. 

You can also call the Red Cross 
helpline on 0800 458 9472. 

The line is open from 9am to 5pm, 
Monday to Friday. 

For regular updates please 
follow us on Twitter at 

@grenfellsupport and on 
Facebook at facebook.com/ 
grenfellsupport, or visit 
www.grenfellresponse.org.uk 


Housing update 

Finding housing solutions that work for everyone directly affected 
by the Grenfell Tower fire remains our absolute priority and we are 
working hard to achieve this. 

Offers of temporary accommodation are being made on a daily basis, 
but we know that families will have concerns around this process 
and the idea of accepting a temporary home. So far, 175 offers 
of accommodation have been made, 48 offers have been accepted 
and 13 households rehoused. 


Government has given commitments to help reassure families that: 


• their needs are paramount, 
all other considerations are 
secondary to these 

• their rent will not increase and 
the same terms and conditions 
of their previous home at Grenfell 
Tower or Grenfell Walk will be 
maintained 

• they will have lifetime security 
of tenure 

• they will not be forced to stay 
in temporary accommodation 
on a long-term basis 

• accepting an offer of temporary 
accommodation does not mean 
that they lose priority for a 
permanent home 


• no one has to accept a 
particular property and not 
accepting a property does not 
mean that they will be made 
intentionally homeless 

• temporary homes will be rent 
and utility bill free for 12 months 

• for some cases, if they like their 
temporary home, there is the 
potential for it to become their 
permanent home (this will be 
discussed when the home is 
offered to them). 


More information is available on the 
housing line on 020 7361 3008. 


Transport support line for residents 
from TfL 

A support line is now open from Transport for London to give travel 
support and advice for people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. 

The support line can provide advice on a wide range of travel issues 
from a specialist team of advisors, including: 

• advice on topping up Oyster cards for those who have already 
received a new card 

• information about Dial-a-Ride for people who are unable to use 
public transport 

• journey planning for people who have moved to a new area 

• support to get replacement documents. 

The support line is 0800 222 9876 and is open every day from 
10am to 6pm. 


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